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Full results and news from the Kent County Championships.

Sevenoaks Swimming Club had virtually a clean sweep at the medals at the Kent Championships relay event at the London Aquatic centre last weekend.

The event comprised of single sex and mixed relays in 24 events of freestyle and medley relays. Sevenoaks pulled out a massive 19 podium places, 9 Gold medal places, 4 Silver and 6 Bronze.

Gold medals went to :

Boys 13/14 4 x 50m Free            Zac Raymond, Euan Terry, Ben Strebel, Louis Hayes

Girls 12/U 4 x 50m Medley        Millie Armstrong, Emily Brown, Eva Okaro, Izabella Okaro

Girls 12/U 4 x 50m Free             Eva Okaro, Emily Brown, Jessica Harmer, Izabella Okaro

Mixed 12/U 4 x 50m Medley      Joe Box, Emily Brown, Eva Okaro, Macauley Johnston

Mixed 12/U 4 x 50m Free           Max Cooper, Izabella Okaro, Joe Box, Eva Okaro

Boys  Jnr 4 x 50m Free               Nathan Rodrigues, ZacRaymond, Ellis Stanhope, Louis Hayes

Boys  Jnr 4 x 50m Medley          Louis Hayes, Ollie Coote, Ellis Stanhope, Nathan Rodrigues

Boys 13/14 4 x 50m Medley       Ben Strebel, Jacob Hudson, Louis Hayes, Zac Raymond

Mixed 13/14 4 x 50m Medley     Millie Childs, Jacob Hudson, Louis Hayes, Lillie Chambers

Silver Medals went to:

Girls 13/14 4 x 50m Medley       Millie Childs, Imogen Stoddart, Elspeth Watson, Lillie Chambers

Mixed Jnr 4 x 50m Free              Maddie Glen, Nathan Rodrigues, Ellis Stanhope, Zoe Naylor-Perrot

Girls 13/14 4 x 50m Free            Daisy Widdowson, Millie Childs, Imogen Stoddart, Lillie Chambers

Mixed 13/14 4 x 50m Free          Daisy Widdowson, ZacRaymond, Lillie Chambers, Louis Hayes

Bronze Medals went to:

Girls Jnr 4 x 50m Medley            Millie Childs, Maddie Glen, Lillie Chambers, Zoe Naylor-Perrot 

Boys 12/U 4 x 50m Free              Joe Box, Mac Johnston, Max Cooper, Albert Whitlock

Boys 12/U 4 x 50m Medley         Ollie Dennis, Albert Whitlock, William Jarrett, Joe Box

Girls Jnr 4 x 50m Free                  Emma Evans-Wilson, Maddie Glen, Lillie Chambers, Zoe Naylor-Perrot   

Mixed Jnr 4 x 50m Medley          Millie Childs, Jacob Hudson, Eva Okaro, Nathan Rodrigues

Girls Open 4 x 100m Medley       Emma Evans-Wilson, Maddie Glen, Zoe Naylor-Perrot, Amy Farthing  



Mens Open 4x 100 Free                4th        Chris Lee, George Tyler, Ellis Stanhope, Nathan Rodrigues  

Mens Open 4x 100 Medley          4th         Chris Lee, Ollie Coote, Nathan Rodrigues  

Mixed Open 4x 100 Medley         6th         Emma Evans-Wilson, George Tyler, Eva Okaro, Nathan Rodrigues

Girls Open 4 x 100m Free             6th          Emma Evans-Wilson, Maddie Glen, Millie Childs Zoe Naylor-Perrot

Mixed Open 4x 100 Free               6th       Nathan Rodrigues Zoe Naylor-Perrot, Ellis Stanhope, Maddie Glen,


Well done to those chosen to represent Sevenoaks Swimming Club

Sevenoaks wrap up Kent County Champs in style

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Thursday, 15 February 2018 00:00

The 2018 Kent County Swimming championships concluded in fine style at the Olympic pool based in the London Aquatic Centre at the weekend where Sevenoaks Swimmers were crowned the top Kent Swimming club having won the greatest amount of points for both girl and  boy swimmers throughout the four weeks of the Championships.

Once more the Sevenoaks swimmers proved their brilliance by producing some outstanding racing.

First up on the agenda early Saturday morning was the boys 200m Individual Medley. In the 14 year old age group, Louis Hayes won Gold with 6th going to Jacob Hudson. Shortly after, an abundance of 4th places were secured by Ellis Stanhope (16) Aiden McMillan (15) and Oliver Dennis (11). Caiden Hibbert (13), Jacob Hudson and Oscar Wilson followed with 6th places and Eddie Hammond in 7th and Jaedon Lynch in 8th. Macauley Johnston, Noah Enticknap, Euan Terry, Robert Allen and Chris Lee also put in some superb performances.

In the girls 50m backstroke, the heats and finals were awash with Sevenoaks talent. Jessica Harmer kicked off with a Gold in the 10/11 yrs shortly followed by an amazing 12 yrs final, with Eva Okaro winning Gold and twin sister Izabella winning Bronze, Millie Armstrong 4th and Emily Brown 5th.   Millie Childs (14) and Elspeth Watson (13) both won Silvers with Imogen Stoddart bringing home the Bronze in the 13 yrs. Amy Farthing (20) won 4th while Ellie Vowell and Emma Evans-Wilson both gained 5th places with Daisy Widdowson swimming well for 6th and Maddie Glen 8th. In the Open final only Millie Childs (13) qualified with a much older field and finished super 8th.

Other fabulous swims we recorded by Beth Hook (16) Jazzy Wallace, Aoife Lauerman & Millie Lodge (15), Katie Vowell & Lillie Chambers (14), Holli Gushlow & Kara Dimond (13), Daisy McMillan, Sami Das, Ella Wood, Martha Roberts & Carra Singleterry (12) and Alyze Gentles, Abigail Saunders & Amelia Tovey (10/11).

Next it was time for the boys to shine in the Butterfly 50m sprints. Making the finals in the over 17 yrs was Chris Cheng who secured a Bronze and a place in the Open finals, a feat replicated by Louis Hayes by winning the Gold in the 14 yrs.  Nathan Rodrigues managed a Bronze in the 16yrs.   Aiden McMillan produced arguably the swim of the morning. Ranked 3rd in the final he executed a fantastic race to finish in first and win a hugely deserved Gold medal.  Ben Strebel & Jaedon Lynch swam hard for 5th & 8th place. There were also super swims from Stephen Weller, Chris Lee and George Tyler (17), Ellis Stanhope, Ethan Hunter, Teddy Wallace and Dom Percy (16), Oscar Wilson, Eddie Hamond, Robert Allen and Torsten Mangat (15), Zach Raymond, Euan Terry, Jacob Hudson and Dillon Bentley (14), Caiden Hibbert, Noah Enticknap and Tom Creasey (13) Macauley Johnston, Josh Wood, Max Cooper and William Jarrett (12) and Jonathan Vowell (11).

In the Open final Chris Cheng managed credible 4th and Louis finished in 8th.

The afternoon saw a swathe of Sevenoaks swimmers back on the podium with the boys 50m Breaststroke. Albert Whitlock, Jaedon Lynch, Louis Hayes, Jacob Hudson, Oscar Wilson, Dom Percy and Stephen Weller stormed into the finals. Albert swam a strong race and secured the Bronze in the 11yrs to start proceedings. Jaedon followed and was on a roll, clinching his second Gold of the day. 14yr olds Louis and Jacob went off head to head, this time with Louis also winning his second Gold and Jacob finishing well for Silver.  In the 16 yrs Dom Percy fought tough opposition and managed a great 6th while Oscar secured a superb Bronze in the 15 yrs. Finally, Stephen Weller swam well for 7th place. In the heats the following swam well for some excellent PB’s: George Tyler (17) Ethan Hunter (16), Robert Allen, Eddie Hammond, Aiden McMillan & Torsten Mangat (15), Ben Strebel & Euan Terry (14), Caiden Hibbert, Tom Creasey, Thiago Gentles & Noah Enticknap (13) & Osh Crombie & Zac Howard (12) and finally Devon Tannock, Johnny Vowell & Zach Loder (11),

The final event of the day saw the girls return to the pool with the super exciting 50m Freestyle sprints. All these outstanding girls managed to either hit or better their respective PB’s in every race... a feat not previous witnessed by any Sevenoaks coach.

Ellie Vowell stormed to a fine Gold medal in the 15 yrs along with Jessica Harmer (11) and Eva Okaro (12) both comfortably winning Gold in their age groups. Sister Izabella Okaro followed swiftly for her Silver medal.  Alyze Gentles (11) and Imogen Stoddart (13) also smashed their finals with Silvers won for both.  Amelia Tovey bagged 5th and Daisy Widdowson (14) finished in a fine 6th, along with a strong swim from Emily Brown for 7th a position replicated by Emma Evans- Wilson (16). There were superb swims from: Millie Lodge & Laura Wright (15) Millie Childs, Katie Vowell, Ruby Jarret & Megan Marter (14), Emma Noble (13), Daisy McMillan, Sami Das, Isla Murphy & Millie Armstrong (12) and Abigail Saunders (11)


Sunday witnessed the last day of the 2018 Championships with the results produced by Sevenoaks again being excellent:

In the girls 11 yrs 200m Individual Medley, Eva Okaro added another Gold to her collection with sister Izabella adding another Silver. Jessica Harmer also won a Silver in the 11 yrs along with Elspeth Watson in the 14 yrs. Amy Farthing, Alyze Gentles, Imogen Stoddart and Maddie Glen winning Bronze medals in the respective age groups added to the medal tally along with Millie Childs grabbing 4th and Millie Armstrong a 5th. Jasmine Wallace produced a storming swim to win a 6th in the 15 yrs and Sarah Williams and Abigail Saunders winning 8th places saw Sevenoaks rising in the table of top overall club. Other swimmers who produced fabulous swims were: Emily Brown, Martha Roberts, Hollie Gushlow, Katie Vowell, Megan Marter, and Aoife Lauerman.

The boys were focussed on the 50m backstroke. There was no surprise when Louis Hayes won Gold in the 14-year event. Ethan Hunter, Ellis Stanhope and Nathaniel Rodrigues all qualified for the final in the 16 yrs where all 3 boys swam superbly - Ethan secured the Bronze, Nathan 5th and Ellis 6th.   Oliver Dennis was on fine form and grabbed another Gold in the 11 yrs with Devon Tannock finishing in 7th. Also managing 7th places were Caiden Hibbert and Robert Allen. Joseph Box finished off the medals in the backstroke with a fine Bronze in the 12 years. The heats produced some wonderful PBs from Jonathan Vowell & Alex Evans-Wilson (11), Albert Whitlock & Macaulay Johnston (12), Tom Creasey, Noah Enticknap, Jaedon Lynch and James Fry (13) Ben Strebel, Zac Raymond, Euan Terry, Dillon Bentley and Jacob Hudson (14) Eddie Hammond, Torsten Mangat & Aiden McMillan (15), and Chris Lee (17).

Next was the girls 50m butterfly and the Okaro girls were battling it out in the 12yrs with Eva winning Gold and Izabella Silver, replicating last year’s result! Jessica Harmer won yet another Gold in the 11 yrs with Ellie Vowell and Imogen Stoddart winning a silver medal a piece! Elspeth and Lillie Chambers finished strongly in 4th with Millie Childs and Alyze Gentles fighting hard for 6th places. Finally, Millie Armstrong finished in a great 7th place. Fabulous swims came from Amy Farthing, Sarah Williams, Aoife Lauerman, Laura Wright, Maddie Glen, Katie Vowell, Daisy Widdowson, Megan Marter, Ruby Jarrett, Holli Gushlow, Emma Noble, Emily Brown, Sami Das, Ella Woods & Daisy McMillan and finally the youngsters: Abigail Saunders and Isabella Munoz.

In the afternoon the 50m Breaststroke for the girls featured some wonderful racing.  In the 13 yrs, four girls made the finals and finished in a spectacular 1,2,3, for Sevenoaks: Imogen Stoddart winning Gold, Kara Dimond Silver and Holli Gushlow the Bronze, while in the 12yrs another 4 girls made the finals: Eva winning her final Gold of the championships, Emily Brown the Silver with Izabella Okaro and Martha Roberts finishing in 6th and 7th respectively.  Jessica won her final Gold in the 10/11 yrs with Alyze finishing in 6th and Abigail in 7th.  Maddie Glen gained another well-deserved Gold in the 15 yrs with Ellie Vowell finishing strongly for Silver and Issy Tyler a great 7th. In the 14 yrs both Megan Marter and Ruby Jarrett finished well for 5th and 7th with Amy Farthing finishing her Kents in a fine 6th in the 17& overs. In the heats the girls showed strength in depth with Poppy Homes and Sarah Williams (16) Olivia Chapman and Jasmine Wallace (15) Katie Vowell, Daisy Widdowson & Millie Childs (14), Betty Simpson (13) Rosie Deacon, Daisy McMillan, Rosie Lauerman, Sami Das and Millie Armstrong (12) and Fern Gray (11) swimming brilliantly in the heats.

Finally finishing the Championships, the boys 50m freestyle saw Nathaniel Rodrigues (16) take Gold and qualify for the Open final in which he finished a fine 8th.  Louis Hayes finished his Kents with yet another Gold and Stephen Weller finished with a Bronze medal in the 17 yrs & over and secured a place in the Open final where he went one better and finished with an amazing Silver.  Joseph Box and Zach Raymond also added to the medals with both swimming great races to win Bronze in their age groups. Eddie Hammond won a fine 5th as did Jaedon Lynch. Ellis Stanhope and Tom Creasey fought hard for 6th. Great swims were also posted by George Tyler, Chris Lee, Ethan Hunter, Teddy Wallace, Dom Percy, Oscar Wilson, Aiden McMillan, & Robert Allen, as well as Euan Terry, Ben Strebel, Dillon Bentley, Caiden Hibbert, Noah Enticknap, James Fry and Albert Whitlock.

This brought an end to a hugely successful Kent Championships. Sevenoaks swimmers should be justifiably proud of their achievements, winning a magnificent 54 Gold, 43 Silver and 43 Bronze and 197 finalist places.

Huge thanks to Kent swimming for their dedication to such a superb event and to the coaches, officials, helpers and parents for their hard work and continuous support.

Penultimate Weekend - Kent County Champs 2018

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 00:00

The penultimate weekend of the Kent County Championships proved to be another huge success with a plethora of medals for swimmers from Sevenoaks SC. Crystal Palace was again the venue for the weekend with the Boys backstroke and freestyle and Girls’ breaststroke and fly being the focus.

In the girls 100m butterfly, the 10/11 heats witnessed super swims from Alyze Gentles, Abigail Saunders, Valentina Groves and Fern Gray. Another event couldn’t finish without the Okaro twins on the podium with Izabella winning Bronze and Eva another Gold with Millie Armstrong, the 3rd of our finalists, swimming well well to finish 6th. Elspeth proved herself a formidable Fly swimmer, repeating her performance of last year by winning Gold in the 13 yrs. Shortly followed by Lillie Chambers and Katie Vowell winning 5th & 8th respectively in the 14 yrs.  

At 15 years old Ellie Vowell, Zoe Naylor-Perrott, Aoife Lauerman made the final with Zoe coming in 4th, Ellie in 5th and Aoife 8th.Finally the 17/over saw Amy finish strongly for 4th place. There were also some great swims from Sarah Williams (16) Laura Wright, & Edith Norton (15) Megan Marter (14) Holli Gushlow, Imogen Stoddart, and Isabelle Mackenzie (13) Rosie Lauerman, Emily Brown, Sami Das & Ella Wood (12).

The boys were focussed on the 200m backstroke where medal success was forthcoming in the 14-year-old category with Louis Hayes and 11 yr old Oliver Dennis securing Gold with Ethan Hunter coming in 4th place in the 16yrs following a gutsy swim. Jonny Vowell (11) pulled out all the stops for 5th place with Caiden Hibbert (13) swimming hard for 6th. Both Tom Creasey (13) and Robert Allen fought hard for 7th places in the age groups. Super times were also posted by Chris Lee, Aiden McMillan, Ollie Coote, Ben Strebel, Euan Terry, & Macauley Johnston in their respective age groups.

In the second session of the day it was the turn of the boys 100m backstroke and kicking off the medals again was Oliver Dennis (11) and Louis Hayes (14) both storming to their Gold medal positions. Back fighting out for places in the 10/11 yrs were Devon Tannock and Jonny Vowell with the former gaining 5th and the latter 6th. 16 yr old Ethan Hunter bagged another 4th place with Zac Raymond (14) finishing in 5th. Robert Allen and Caiden Hibbert finished the boy’s success with an 8th place a piece. There were some fabulous swims in the heats from Macauley Johnston (12), Tom Creasey, Noah Enticknap & Jaedon Lynch (13), Ben Strebel, Euan Terry & Jacob Hudson (14) Aiden McMillan & Eddie Hamond (15), Ben Channon (16) and Chris Lee (17)

In the final event of the Saturday the girls participated in the gruelling 200m butterfly. Top swim of the day in this event went to Elspeth Watson (13) who once again secured another Gold medal. Tiny Valentina Groves (11) grew in stature to bag a magnificent Bronze with Holli Gushlow (13) storming to 4th. Aoife Lauerman and Amy Farthing (17) finished in 6th with Lillie Chambers (14) in 7TH.




Sunday at a packed Palace again saw an abundance of excellent swims and times posted by the team from Sevenoaks.

Racing in the 200m freestyle, the boys were determined not to be outdone by their female teammates.

Ellis Stanhope (16) and Louis Hayes (14) were back on the podium securing a Gold medal a piece  with Oliver Dennis (11), Noah Enticknap (13), Euan Terry (14) & Aiden McMillan (15) all securing fine 4th places. Eddie Hammond (15) & Ben Strebel (14) pushed hard for 6th places and Zac Raymond & Christopher Lee swam well to grab 7th. Caiden Hibbert, Tom Creasey, Thiago Gentles, Macauley Johnston, Ben Channon and Teddy Wallace also swam well in their respective age groups.

The girls 100m breaststroke saw stunning performances from the Sevenoaks girls with Medals won in every age group:  Alyze Gentle (11), Eva Okaro (12), Imogen Stoddart (13) and Maddie Glen (15) were crowned Kent Champions and Gold medallists. There were two Bronze medallists in the form of Abigail Saunders (11) and Emily Brown (12) while Kara Dimond (13) finished in 4th place. Ellie Vowell (15) and Izabella Okaro were more medallists managing great 5th places with Jessica Harmer (11) Martha Roberts (12) Holli Gushlow (13) Megan Marter (14) and Sarah Williams (16) all finishing in 6th place. Finally, in the 17/over Amy Farthing added to her medal tally coming home in 7th.  Great swims in the heats came from Poppy Holmes (16), Olivia Chapman & Issy Tyler (15), Katie Vowell, Kitty Fisher, Millie Childs Eleanor Allen and Ruby Jarrett (14), Elspeth Watson & Betty Simpson (13) Daisy McMillan, Sami Das & Millie Armstrong (12) and finally Fern Gray and Amelia Tovey (11).

The afternoon session was again awash with excellent swimming, times and effort from the Sevenoaks competitors.

The boy’s 100m freestyle final event in the 14 yrs saw 3 Sevenoaks swimmers make the final, Hayes & Strebel coming 1st & 5th respectively with a great effort also being made by Zac Raymond coming 7th. Ellis Stanhope stormed home to a fine Silver in the 16 yrs with Oliver Dennis (11) & Joseph Box (12) finishing well for 5th places. Tom Creasey and Jaedon Lynch battled it out in the 13 yrs with Creasey finishing in 6th and Lynch in 7th. Eddie Hammond was the only 15yr old finalist and swam well for 6th place.

In the heats Jonny Vowell, Macaulay Johnston, Seamus Hamilton, Caiden Hibbert, Thiago Gentles, Jacob Hudson, Dillon Bentley & Euan Terry all swam well along with Aiden McMillan, Oscar Wilson, Ollie Coote, Edward Wallace, Ben Channon and Chris Lee.


Final races of the day saw the girls back in the pool for the punishing 200 breast, arguably the toughest race, not that it bothered the girls… Eva was back on the podium joined by Holli Gushlow (13) to collect their Gold medals joined by Abigail Saunders (11) and Sarah Williams (16) both winning fantastic Silvers. Maddie Glen and Imogen Stoddart stormed home for their Bronze medals and Amy finished in 4th. Izabella Okaro added more medals to her growing collection by finishing in 5th, a feat replicated by Alyze Gentles. Both Katie Vowell and Kara Dimond swam strong races for 6th and 7th respectively and Martha Roberts (12) showed her strength for an 8th place.

Great Pb’s and strong swims were also produced in the heats by Daisy McMillan, Millie Armstrong, Emily Brown, Elspeth Watson, Betty Simpson, Megan Marter, Millie Childs, Eleanor Allen and Issy Tyler… Well done girls!

The final medal tally at the end of the weekend saw Sevenoaks’ superb swimmers win 16 Golds, 3 Silver, 6 Bronze and an astonishing 53 finalist medals!

Kent County Champs 2018 - weekend 2 report

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 00:00



Sevenoaks continued their fine form at the weekend as the Kent Championships 2018 got well under way with the 200m and 100m events in Fly and Breaststroke for the boys and Backstroke and Free for the girls.

Starting proceedings on Saturday were the boys in their quest for glory in the 100m fly. First off to a ‘flying’ start were the youngsters, Oliver Dennis, Thomas Johnston (11) and Max (10) with Oliver qualifying being the first to qualify for the finals, shortly followed by Joseph Box (12) Jaedon Lynch & Caiden Hibbert (13), Euan Terry, Louis Hayes and Ben Strebel (14), Oscar Wilson & Aiden McMillan (15) and finally Nathan Rodrigues and Ellis Stanhope (16).  Oliver swam well in his inaugural final for 8th place in the 10/11yrs, Joseph Box fought hard for 6th place, a feat replicated by Jaedon with Caiden finishing in 8th. Ben battled hard for 5th with Euan following in 6th and Louis bagging yet another Gold medal in the 14 yrs category. Shortly after came the 15 yrs final and Aiden matched last weeks’ medals grabbing another Silver with Oscar battling hard for 6th. Then Nathan and Ellis went head to head with Nathan bringing home the Silver medal and Ellis 4th.  Finally, Chris Cheng managed a deserved 5th place in the 17/over age group. Superb performances in the heats also came from Josh Wood, William Jarrett, Max Cooper and Macauley Johnston (12), Jacob Hudson (14), Oliver Coote & Eddie Hammond (15), Teddy Wallace (16), George Tyler & Chris Lee (17).

Next came the turn of the girls with the 200m Backstroke. Starting the medal haul for the girls was 11 yr old Jessica Harmer who managed a Silver with Alyze Gentles finishing well in 5th.  Millie Armstrong added to the medal haul with a Silver in the 12yrs age group, with Eva Okaro and twin sister Izabella finishing in 5th & 7th. Elspeth Watson and Imogen Stoddart (13) battled strongly and were rewarded with Silver and Bronze respectively. Adding to the Silver medals was Millie Childs (14) with Katie Vowell, Daisy Widdowson & Lillie Chambers bagging 6th, 7th & 8th in the same age group. Next up were the 15 yr olds with sole competitor, Jasmine Wallace, finishing superbly in 6th place. The only 16yr old competing was Emma Evans-Wilson who battled hard throughout and finished strongly for 4th place.

Swimming well in the heats were Abigail Saunders (11) Samriddhi Das, Daisy McMillan Ella Wood and Emily Brown (12) & Charlotte Prideaux (14). Finally, in the 17/over Amy Farthing finished in a well-deserved 5th place.


The second session of the day got underway with the boys gruelling 200m butterfly.  Tough youngster Oliver Dennis kicked off the proceedings again with a fabulous 6th place. In the 12 yrs Macauley Johnston also swam well and managed a well-deserved 5th with William Jarrett finishing in 8th.  Jaedon Lynch and Caiden Hibbert (13) were back in the pool and finished 6th & 7th and Noah Enticknap 10th with Ben Strebel & Euan Terry finishing in 5th & 6th in the 14 yrs age group. Aiden McMillan was the only 15yrs entry for Sevenoaks and made it count by adding a Bronze medal to his haul. Finally, Ellis Stanhope (16) was back battling it out for the medals, this time he showed true class and finished victorious with a Gold Medal and Junior Champion Cup too.

Finally, after a long day, the girls headed to the starting blocks for the 100m backstroke and with Jessica Harmer (11) swimming brilliantly to win Silver and Alyze Gentles gained 4th place. In the 12yrs category we had 4 swimmers qualify for the final, with Millie Armstrong and Eva Okaro bagging Silver and bronze medals with Isla Murphy and Izabella Okaro finishing in 5th & 6th.   In the 13 yrs Imogen Stoddart and Elspeth gained fabulous Silver and Bronze and in the 14 yrs the battle was between Katie Vowell, Daisy Widdowson and Millie Childs with Millie bagging the Silver and Daisy and Katie finishing well in 7th & 8th place. Jazzy Wallace was the only finalist for the 15 yrs along with Emma Evans-Wilson in the 16yrs in the 17/over with Emma winning a wonderful Bronze and Jazzy 8th.  and Amy Farthing 6th.

Excellent swims were posted by Valentina Groves & Abigail Saunders (11), Sami Das, Emily Brown, Daisy McMillan, Ella Wood & Martha Roberts (12), Lillie Chambers and Charlotte Prideaux (14), Beth Hook (16) & Phoebe Brockington (17).




Sunday commenced with the boys 100m Breaststroke.  The heats started with Johnny Vowell, Zach Loder (11) & Jacob Crombie (10) all swimming well in the 10/11 yrs. William Jarrett, Zach Howard, Macauley Johnston, Josh Wood & Josh Crombie all swam well in the 12 yrs with Albert Whitlock and Seamus Hamilton qualifying for the finals. Thiago Gentles also produced a great swim in the 13 yrs with Tom Creasey, Noah Enticknap and Jaedon Lynch bagging places in the final.  In the 14 yrs Noah Saunders, Dillon Bentley, Euan Terry & Ben Strebel produced good swims along with Zac Raymond, Louis Hayes & Jacob Hudson swimming their way to the finals. In the 15 yr age group, Robert Allen & Aiden McMillan swam well with Eddie Hammond, Oscar Wilson and Ollie Coote all bagging a place in the finals. Dominic Percy, Ellis Stanhope & George Tyler, Sevenoaks’ only 16 & 17 yr old breaststrokers, also swam well with Dom & George gaining places in the finals.

In the finals Seamus and Albert battled hard with Seamus gaining a Bronze and Albert a 4th place. Jaedon produced a strong finish to add another Bronze to the Sevenoaks tally with Noah and Tom finishing in 6th & 8th place. The 14yr old final finished with a battle for Gold and Silver between Jacob & Louis with Jacob pipping Louis to the Gold medal with a storming finish and Zac finishing in 8th place. Oscar, Ollie & Eddie battled it out in the 15 yrs, with Ollie winning the Silver medal, Oscar just missing out finishing in 4th and Eddie a strong 6th. Dom Percy (16) swam a great race & jumped a place to finish in a well-deserved 6th.  In the 17ys & over, a fantastic swim was produced by George, finishing in 5th place.

Next up were the girls in the 200m freestyle:

In the 10/11 yrs, Jessica Harmer won Gold with Alyze Gentles finishing in 5th. The twins were back battling it out in the 12yrs age group along with Millie Armstrong. Eva finished victorious with sister Izzy in 6th and Millie in 7th. In the 13yrs Eslpeth Watson bagged the Silver with Imogen 6th place, and Millie Childs finished 4th in the 14 yrs. Maddie Glen & Ellie Vowell had storming races in the15yrs with Maddie winning the Bronze medal and Ellie finishing in 8th. Finally, in the 17yrs & over Amy Farthing finished in 4th place.

The evening Session on Sunday commenced with the girls 100m freestyle with thefinals producing some outstanding results for the Sevenoaks swimmers. In the 10/11-year age group, three girls managed to qualify with the exciting race with Sevenoaks winning Gold for Jessica Harmer, 4th for Alyze Gentles and 7th for Amelia Tovey. The twins battled it out in the 12 yrs final with Eva Okaro winning Gold and the Silver going to sister Izabella.  Imogen Stoddart gained 4th in the 13yrs with Elspeth Watson finishing in 5th. In the 14-year-old category, Millie Childs finished in 5th while Lillie Chambers gained 7th place. In the 15 yrs Sevenoaks won the Silver with Zoe Naylor-Perrot, along with Maddy Glen and Ellie Vowell securing 5th & 8th respectively. In the 16 yrs Emma Wilson came a fabulous 8th.

Other performances of note included Abigail Saunders (11) Martha Roberts, Emily Brown, Sami Das, Millie Armstrong & Daisy McMillan (12), Holli Gushlow (13), Daisy Widdowson, Ruby Jarrett & Katie Vowell (14), Aoife Lauerman, Millie Lodge, Edith Norton & Laura Wright (15) and Phoebe Brockington (17.

Finally, the boys 200m breaststrokers were up in the pool. The races saw George Tyler producing an excellent swim securing Bronze medal in the 17 yrs and over. The 16-year olds Ellis Stanhope & Dom Percy posted excellent swims to manage a 4th & 8th place respectively and in the 15 year old event Oliver Coote, Oscar Wilson & Aiden McMillan made a great race with Coote securing another fine Silver, Wilson an excellent 4th and Aiden a great 6th place. In the 14 yrs Jacob Hudson stormed home for another Gold Medal with Jaedon Lynch (13) winning a fabulous Bronze and Noah Enticknap 5th and Tom Creasey 8th along with Albert Whitlock (12) finishing in 4th. Finally, in the 10/11yrs Johnny Vowell swam well to come home in 8th.

Excellent swims were also recorded by Macauley Johnston, Josh Wood, William Jarrett, Zach Howard (12), Thiago Gentles (13), Euan Terry, Ben Strebel, Noah Saunders & Dillon Bentley (14) & Robert Allen (15).

The final flourish of medals meant over the whole weekend Sevenoaks managed 8 Gold, 16 Silver, 10 Bronze and an astonishing 63 finalist medals. Well done all for a superb weekend of racing! 

Kent County Champs 2018 - weekend 1 report

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Friday, 26 January 2018 00:00

The Kent Swimming Championships 2018 commenced this weekend with over 5,500 entries from swimmers over the County and 4,600 accepted entries. Kent is one of the largest swimming counties in England with some of the toughest qualifying times in the country.

For the past year, Sevenoaks swimmers have been seeking qualifying times in competitions, both National, Regional and local across the County and beyond. A new record has been set with over 100 Sevenoaks’ swimmers across all age groups achieving the required level and qualifying for over 700 races. Those aiming for glory in the longer events began their quest at Crystal Palace.

Saturday races consisted of the 400 IM and 400 free events with standout performances for the girls from Amy Farthing (20) and Eva Okaro winning the Gold and becoming Kent Champions along with a superb Silver for Elspeth Watson (12) in the Girls 400IM. In the same event Millie Armstrong (12) gained a 4th place, Holli Gushlow (13) and Sarah Williams (16) gained 6th places with Katie Vowell and Megan Marter (14) gaining 10th and 13th respectively.

In the 400m Freestyle, Amy was once again crowned Kent Champion and Gold medallist while Millie Childs (14) swam a brilliant race to gain a Silver. Eva Okaro (12) proved her metal and won Bronze and there were superb performances from Elsbeth Watson (13) and Maddie Glen (15) gaining 4th places, Izabella Okaro (12) came home in 5th place, Daisy McMillan (12) gained an excellent 6th while strong swims also came from Jasmine Wallace (15) and Lillie Chambers (14) both in 8th place along with Millie Armstrong (12) in 10th and Millie Lodge (15) in 12th.

Meanwhile for the boys Louis Hayes (14) won Gold and was crowned Kent Champion in both the 400 Freestyle and 400IM.  Ellis Stanhope (16) claimed a Silver in the 400m Freestyle and a Bronze in the 400m Individual Medley. Aiden McMillan pulled out an incredible PB to gain Silver in the 400 IM and a superb 4th place in the 400 Free. Also joining him for 4th place in the 400m Free were Nathan Rodrigues (16) and Oliver Denis (11). Other competitors also producing excellent swims in this event were Euan Terry (14) and Ethan Hunter (16) both coming home in 5th.  Ben Strebel (14), Noah Enticknap (13) and Macualay Johnston (12) produced good swims for 8th places and Jacob Hudson was 14th in the 14 yrs age group. In the 400 IM Jacob was back in the pool and gaining 6th place with Euan Terry (14) and  Oscar Wilson (15) swimming well to come 8th.  Eddie Hammond (15) finished strongly in 9th with Ben Strebel (14) & Robert Allen (15) both finishing well for 11th and 12th respectively.

Sunday was the long distance swims in the form of the boys 1500m and girls 800m freestyle races.

Amy Farthing added another Gold in the 800m event with Daisy McMillan swimming a brilliant race to finish in the Bronze medal place. Fabulous swims from Elspeth Watson and Millie Armstrong saw them gain 4th places, while Jasmine Wallace and Emma Evan-Wilson also swam great races for 8th and 7th places.

The boy’s gruelling 1500m race saw Ellis Stanhope grab another deserved Bronze medal and Aiden McMillan join him winning the Bronze after a huge PB. Euan Terry finished his successful weekend off with a great 4th with Noah Enticknap coming home in 5th and Ben Strebel a strong 7th.

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